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“Wonderful and fun experience”
Review of Escoffier Restaurant - CLOSED

Escoffier Restaurant
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed September 21, 2012

Dinner threatened to be a disaster but turned out delightful instead. In planning our trip to the Hudson Valley, we had made electronic reservation for the American Bounty restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America. When we arrived at the CIA, however, there was no record of our reservation and the restaurant was full. Unable to accommodate us at the American Bounty, the staff there called the Escoffier, the French restaurant of the CIA, which was able to seat us. The CIA restaurants are staffed by faculty (supervising) and students. The dinner was delightful. The servers, who are students training for careers in the food-service industry, especially as chefs. While they are learning and don't always get things right, they bring much more energy and interest to their jobs than the staff at just about any restaurant you will try. Servers are eager to engage in discussions about food, wine, service traditions in other countries. The enthusiasm was infectious. The food was very good, of a quality usually to be found in larger cities not smallish towns. And the wine list by the glass was small but well curated, with several interesting selections. The evident interest the servers and cooks take in learning the craft in which they will spend their careers made this a memorable and highly enjoyable evening, despite the bumpy start. We all know America is in the midst of a food revolution, and the CIA has been in the forefront of that. Based on the meal we ate in the CIA's traditional, European-style dining room, we can say with confidence that the future of American dining is in good hands. If you are in the area, go!

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

We have visited the CIA many times, but forgot to make reservations on this visit. They had an opening so we took it even though I didn't feel as dressed as I thought I should be. The Maitre'd didn't even blink ... and later a gentleman arrived in ripped jeans. Our student waitress was nervous, but did an outstanding job describing the specials. The entire staff was so beyond professional and the presentation of both appetizer and entree was top notch. Everything was delicious and can't wait to return on our next visit to the area.

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Reviewed August 21, 2012

this place never disappoints. been there 5 times over 20 years & it just keeps it's reputation. went with 3 couples to celebrate our meeting on a cruise in France; it continued our great times & delicious culinary experiences

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Reviewed July 13, 2012

We loved our lunch here. The food was excellent. We especially liked the beet and goat cheese salad. We were in the room where we could watch all the student chefs at work- great entertainment. And the waitstaff was excellent - friendly and eager students obviously enjoying what they were doing. And prices were reasonable. One of our favorite lunches ever

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Reviewed July 8, 2012

A member of our family is a CIA alumni, so we decided to make a visit to the restaurant and visit campus after nearly 30 years. We had a wonderful experience by the students with terrific food. Presentation is superb with an excellent menu and wine list. Unfortunately this restaurant is undergoing renovations and will be closed for a short-time being along with undergoing a name change. We ate at one of the last meals for this restaurants.

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1  Thank CentPATraveler
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